I'm keen to hear how other UK based artists are finding sales on FAA. In particular:
* Are the majority of your sales to the US?
* Do you get many UK sales?
* If you get sales in the UK, is the postage an issue?
* Apart from wanting sales, what was your main motivator for joining the site?
For me, I can't actually answer on the sales bit, not had any yet. I joined last year, but have only really been putting effort to market my FAA presence since March this year. My main reason for joining was to have a quicker and cheaper way (for me) to produce prints in various sizes. I do own my own Epson R2400, and have some artist quality paper to print on. But the time and effort to print, far out weighs the return. However, what I didn't take in to account was the FAA postage! (lesson no1), especially to the UK, hence the question about sales in the US.
I still do sell my own prints from my site, but they are in aid of the Devon Wildlife Trust, so I have to have control over the printing of those.
Anyway, would still be nice to hear of any UK, in fact of any non-USA sellers. Of course you chaps from the US are more than welcome to comment :-)
I joined FAA earlier this year and have had a couple of small sales - one to India and one to the USA. I guess that FAA would do better in the UK with a local (UK) printer, which would reduce postage costs, but that they are not really well known enough over here yet. So far I've done zero marketing as I'm concentrating on uploading my back catalogue of pictures.
Not based in the UK, but British and living in the Netherlands:
1) Yes, they are. Probably 90%+ are from the US. Some in Asia. I don't think any from the UK (one from Ireland though) - then again I never saw the UK as being a particularly fruitful location, given size + recession.
2) & 3) See point 1
4) Sales were the only motivator for me joining FAA
Used to have RB and IK accounts. Ditched them both. RedBubble because I can't fathom their logic in not having a bulk price change facility, and their seeming reluctance to implement one. As I change my prices each year and have little interest in spending biggest part of a day updating them, letting them go was an easy choice. As for IK, too expensive given their exposure and what they offer. So now I concentrate my efforts here.
Very disappointing sales-wise but I sell all the time on redbubble however I'm not that surprised for when I search the site for my work on FAA I find that there are only 50 or so of my images available out of a total of 200+ posted and that another artist's work appears on MY sales page!
Andy - know that feeling! I also have a Zazzle account, but decided to concentrate on FAA first. Just keep,plugging away at the marketing, well that's what I keep telling myself.
Jan - 'hello' , 3 sales in the first 8 months is quite impressive from what I've been reading on here. Mind you, looking at your work, I'm not surprised.
Tony - thanks for the info. I agree about the flooding of sales tweets. I try not to do that too often, or at least space the tweets out a bit. Hopefully all the tweets and posts are like 'planting seeds' and they will grow.
Hi stewart, I have not realy done much. I post occasionally to face book when I upload a new image. It might get 1 or 2 likes and about 60 views or reach. If I post an image by itself it will get approx 600 reach. Depending on who shares it I have had up to 100 shares on an image(the one that sold as a card) and 9000 reach
I retweet on twitter and sometimes add an image or add a link to here. There are a couple of people on twitter that post maybe 20 tweets that they have uploaded new artwork here, one after the other. I personally dont like that, so I try to keep a mix of retweets , tweeting about stuff I found interesting, and tweeting that I have artwork here.
I try to do things in stages to monitor what happens, rather than doing a whole lot of things together and not knowing what brings what result.
Greetings from Exeter Stuart! I've not been here very long, about 8 months I think and have made 3 sales - all to the USA. Until FAA starts printing from the UK, or at least somewhere in Europe, I see the market here is mostly to America.
It's still well worth being here for the wonderful community alone.
Uk based chap here! Joined FAA in February and just now starting to get to grips with this and, own website, and twitter, and zazzle....you get the picture. Marketing has been the biggest learning curve for me and still learning every day.
Really enjoying it on here, and definitely in this for the long run.
Not from the UK, but I have sold prints through FAA that shipped to the UK and Europe in general. Some even framed when I would expect the buyer to be far more likely to go for the rolled in a tube option to save on shipping weight. But yes, the vast majority so far are to buyers in the US.
It's probably best to have some options that don't require shipping from the US but it doesn't appear to be a complete deal breaker if someone likes a piece.
Stuart, i'm from Wales in the U.K. and most of my sales come from the U.S and Canada. I Have sold a few originals too and apart from one in the U.K. they were also from the states.
Postage would be an issue on the print selling to the u.k. more than originals